Purpose of tying a horses head down?
Today at the ranch I volunteer at we were told to tack up and exercise a couple of horses but first we had to tie down their heads. I had never tied down a horses head before. But once they started to do it I couldn't figure out the point of doing it. First they would tie the horse to either side and let them stand there for a moment, then undo the knot and tie it on the other side the same way. I was told it was to stretch the neck. Personally if you just want to stretch it just save the time it takes to knot it and flex the neck from side to side, it would be literally the same thing. Then they ran the lines up between the front legs connected to the bit and tied the horses head down that way. Then made them trot around a couple of times. One horse freaked out and nearly toppled over backwards because she was tied slightly too tight and was backing up like crazy.
I didn't really see the point of this, though I was told that the horse I was riding needed it because she was tossing her head a lot. Didn't do anything for her at all, she still tossed her head and tried to jerk the reins out of my hands a lot anyway. Could someone enlighten me with what the purpose of doing this is? All the horses give to the bit nicely enough. All I do with my horse is flex her neck from side to side on the ground and she knows the cue to lower her head.